Statewide Reconciliation Forums

Reconciliation Victoria organises three statewide reconciliation forums each year. These are open to anyone who has an interest in progressing meaningful reconciliation in Victoria - all welcome!

We try to vary the themes, locations and speakers for each forum, with one residential forum in a regional location each year, plus two one-day forums in a metro Melbourne location. One of these metro Melbourne forums is combined with our Annual General Meeting.

August 2019 - Reconciliation Forum and Tour on Wadawurrung Country

This year’s tour and forum will take place on Wadawurrung Country (Geelong/Surfcoast area) across the weekend of 17 - 18 August.
 
A Wadawurrung Traditional Owner will give a tour of culturally significant sites across the region on Saturday, followed by a forum on Treaty and language. The LRG forum will take place on Sunday morning and there will be opportunities for socialising around the campfire with a BBQ, mingling and yarning.
 
Basic camp-style accommodation will be available at VACSAL’s Ocean Country Park (where the forum and some activities will take place) near Torquay with a one or two night option. Camping is also available for the adventurous among us. Events will begin at 10am on Saturday, August 17.  We encourage participants to arrive and stay the night of Friday 16th for networking and socialising if possible. 
 
Cost:
The price includes the tour, transport as required, a forum, administration costs, dinner on the Saturday and breakfast on the Sunday.
 
Tour and Forum with no accommodation: $120 ($90 concession)
Tour and Forum with one night accommodation: $150 ($115 concession)
Tour and Forum with two nights accommodation: $180 ($135 concession)
 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community members attend and stay for free.
 
All welcome! Register now on Trybooking - places are limited so get in quick! 

Check our website in coming days for more information as it becomes available. Email info@reconciliationvic.org.au if you have any queries.

April 2019 Forum: Treaty for Victoria: We All Have a Role!

Our first Statewide Reconciliation Forum for 2019 was held on Saturday 6 April at the Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place, Ringwood East, and was attended by around 70 people.

The focus of the forum was where Treaty is at in Victoria and the role non-Aboriginal people can play in supporting this important work. The forum included:

• Guest Speaker: Jill Gallagher AO, Victorian Treaty Advancement Commissioner

In a moving presentation Jill explained her role as Commissioner and put a powerful case for Treaty/Treaties as something Aboriginal Victorians have long called for – an historical opportunity to further the process of truth-telling and enable Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Victorians to “recast our relationship”.

She updated the gathering on the election process for positions on the recently-established First Peoples' Assembly of Victoria, to be elected by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in Victoria and reminded us that non-Aboriginal people have a critical role to play in building political and community support for Treaty through talking with family and friends, as well as Members of Parliament to show them that “Treaty is not just an aspiration of Aboriginal people, but an aspiration of all of us.”

• Treaty Engagement Project Launch - Phase 2

Reconciliation Victoria’s CEO Diana David then launched our Treaty Engagement Project Phase 2, congratulating Ms Gallagher on her inspirational work and reiterating her message that the time is right for the reconciliation movement and non-Aboriginal supporters of Treaty to show leadership in spreading the word on the benefits of Treaty to the whole community.

For more information on our Treaty Engagement Project visit our webpage

• Reconciliation Victoria/Local Reconciliation Group/Network Updates

The Forum concluded with updates from Reconciliation Victoria on other aspects of our work – including NRW2019, the HART Awards and the exciting next step in our education work – the Narragunnawali Regional Engagement Program – to commence in the second half of 2019.  Representatives from the twelve Local Reconciliation Groups also shared their plans for NRW2019 and beyond.

Should you like us to send you the full forum notes contact the office.

Upcoming Forums

October 26, 2019 - Melbourne Event - including AGM

Find out more about previous statewide reconciliation forums.